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This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality + yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. In each episode, we describe why crop challenges appear, and how to resolve them and -- we give you straightforward, actionable information that you can implement right away to increase crop quality and yields, produce pest resistance and climate resilience, regenerate soil health, and most importantly, increase farm profitability.

This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality + yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. In each episode, we describe why crop challenges appear, and how to resolve them and -- we give you straightforward, actionable information that you can implement right away to increase crop quality and yields, produce pest resistance and climate resilience, regenerate soil health, and most importantly, increase farm profitability.
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This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality + yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. In each episode, we describe why crop challenges appear, and how to resolve them and -- we give you straightforward, actionable information that you can implement right away to increase crop quality and yields, produce pest resistance and climate resilience, regenerate soil health, and most importantly, increase farm profitability.

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Episodes

Rebuilding The Soil Carbon Sponge, and Cooling the Climate Fast with Walter Jehne

10/15/2019
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In this episode of The Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf interviews Walter Jehne, an Australian soil microbiologist and the Director of Healthy Soils Australia. Walter has written and taught extensively about the earth’s soil carbon sponge and hydrology as they relate to climate change. Walter provides context for the extreme weather events we are experiencing, and clearly identifies the role that water plays as a climate regulator. He describes how we can manage water to safely...

Duration:00:48:15

Providing Affordable Food as Medicine At Scale with Pierre Weill

9/17/2019
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In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews French agronomist, Pierre Weill, who created a feed company in 1992 in French Brittany with the intention of producing health-oriented animal nutrition. He then went on to co-found a nonprofit association called Bleu-Blanc-Cœur, which connects all the actors involved in the food chain to help producers and consumers connect the dots between reduction in disease and the quality of food production. Pierre’s fascinating...

Duration:01:11:35

Encouraging Achievement on the Farm with Vernon Peterson

8/27/2019
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John Kempf and Vernon Peterson take the stage for a live-recorded conversation at the inaugural Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit, held at the University of California Davis Conference Center on August 21, 2019, for this Regenerative Agriculture Podcast episode. Vernon’s experiences from 30 years of growing tree fruit and other crops on both conventional and organic acreage in California’s water, weather, and labor-challenged environment inform the wisdom he posits here. Peterson was the...

Duration:00:57:15

Weather Resilience Through Cover Cropping - A Panel Discussion

7/17/2019
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Record rainfall has resulted in an unprecedented number of unplanted acres in 2019. Farmers must now consider how best to manage these fields for the remainder of the season. In an otherwise fallow year, cover cropping options abound during a unique summer planting window. In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John Kempf hosts a panel of American Midwestern agronomists and farmers, Steve Groff, David Kleinschmidt, Brad Hobrock, and David Chance, to discuss wet weather,...

Duration:00:53:59

The Carbon Capture Business with Dr. Jerry Hatfield

6/11/2019
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In this episode of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, John interviews Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Ph.D., a plant physiologist who runs the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. Jerry has done extensive research on the interactions between soils, plants, and the environment. Jerry describes his findings from some of these tests which track interactions among different types of cover crops with different soil and plant...

Duration:00:53:19

A Geological Perspective On Regenerative Agriculture with David Montgomery

5/15/2019
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In this episode, John interviews David Montgomery, Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Washington. John and David discuss soil regeneration at length, pulling from David’s experience developing new topsoil in dead, stony ground and his deep dive into the science behind it. David came to the field of regenerative agriculture from a unique position. As a geologist studying erosion, he became curious about agricultural impacts on soils. When David set out to write his first book,...

Duration:00:51:42

The Regenerative Orchard: Cherry Success with Mike Omeg

4/16/2019
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Mike Omeg is a 3rd generation cherry grower who has spent the last few decades farming 350 acres of cherries in The Dalles, Oregon. Mike is an innovator with the vision for new approaches and the analytical mind to measure results. He’s tested myriad techniques in his quest for the best and most profitable methods of growing cherries, and was awarded the Good Fruit Grower award by the Fruit Grower News in 2017. In this conversation, John and Mike delve into the type of bio-intensive system...

Duration:01:25:30

A Conversation With Plants & Pascal Fafard

3/12/2019
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Pascal Fafard is a consultant and crop advisor in Quebec, Canada, working primarily with fruit and vegetable growers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and has been supporting and mentoring fruit and vegetable growers for more than 25 years. While working in IPM, nutrition and vitality advising, and the typical agronomic considerations, he realized that taking care of growers is as important as the grower taking care of plants. This shift in focus led to his unique take on...

Duration:01:19:02

Season 2 Kickoff with Dr. Don Huber

2/15/2019
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Hi Friends! Welcome to Season 2 of The Regenerative Agriculture Podcast! Thank you for listening, spreading the word, and helping to make this show such a hit, while expanding our community in the fast-growing regenerative agriculture movement. It is my honor to be part of this community along with you as we launch Season 2 of this show. For this season-opening episode, we are immeasurably pleased to bring Dr. Don Huber back again, sharing more of his wealth of accumulated knowledge. Don...

Duration:00:54:08

LIVE at ACRES 2018 with Ed Curry

12/7/2018
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John Kempf and Ed Curry take the stage in Louisville, KY at the ACRES Conference 2018 — a hotbed for regenerative agriculture practitioners for the last 30 years — to record the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast’s first ever LIVE show. The Acres Conference isn’t just another trade show or conference; this is a gathering of passionate and purposeful people working to share information and tools, and challenge the status quo in agriculture for the greater good. This is why we chose Acres 2018...

Duration:00:58:02

Biocontrols for the future, with Pam Marrone

11/29/2018
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"It's a very exciting time to be in agriculture, and a really great time to be a farmer, I think, and a great time to be an entrepreneur." ~Pam Marrone Pam is the founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, a leader in bio-pesticide research and manufacturing. She is a Ph.D. entomologist, turned entrepreneur. Pam is an inspiration to not only the next generation of microbial Ag researchers but to women in science and business. In addition, her work has helped farmers who are looking for...

Duration:00:36:00

Practice of Biological Farming with Gary Zimmer

11/26/2018
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This week, we present a follow-up to the interview I conducted last week, in Episode 27, with Gary Zimmer. I hope you enjoy the chance to dive deeper into some of the topics raised in the previous episode. Gary has been a key figure in the development of regenerative agriculture in America, is a sought-after speaker, and is the author of both The Biological Farmer (now available as an updated and expanded second edition), and Advancing Biological Farming. He is the founder of Midwestern...

Duration:00:57:07

Concepts of Biological Farming with Gary Zimmer

11/9/2018
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Gary Zimmer’s impact on modern regenerative agriculture technique and proliferation is hard to overestimate -- with an enthusiasm and zeal that are positively infectious -- we are privileged to have him as a guest on the podcast. Zimmer is the founder of Midwestern BioAg, a company which advocates similar principals to Advancing Eco Agriculture, while focusing on dry soil amendments. He farms with his family in Sauk County, Wisconsin and is the author of two seminal books on biological...

Duration:00:34:51

From Dirt To Soil with Gabe Brown

11/2/2018
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Gabe Brown is a clear, collected, and inspired voice for regenerative agriculture, having implemented and seen great changes on his family's ranch in North Dakota over time. In fact, Gabe’s A-Horizon (topsoil) is 27 in, and the soils on surrounding farms only have 4-6 in of topsoil! Gabe is the author of the recently published and highly-acclaimed book, Dirt To Soil, from Chelsea Green. I highly recommend reading this truly inspiring and informative book. Speaking and teaching about...

Duration:00:44:41

Traits of Exceptional Farm Managers

10/25/2018
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In this episode, I explore the characteristics shared by farm managers whose operations are exceptionally successful, and consistently outperform similar farms in the region. In my experience as a field consultant and working with AEA's growers, I’ve observed a set of distinctive managerial patterns in the more successful growing operations. These traits bring outstanding results when farmers apply them over time. Listen to this episode for insights on these characteristics, and how they...

Duration:00:42:03

Fungi Matters with Peter McCoy

10/17/2018
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Peter McCoy speaks for the fungi. His mission is to increase awareness, appreciation and the practical use of all manner of mushroom and mycelia. Peter is a co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group, Radical Mycology. He is also the author of a book by the same name which I’ve found to be the most thorough, current, and inspiring mycological reference available. For those of you new to the wonderful world of Fungi and regenerative agriculture, mycology is the study of fungi (mushrooms,...

Duration:00:50:37

How Nutrition Impacts Dairy Performance

8/31/2018
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Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines is a Veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition, who is currently working as the Staff Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley. She has researched neonatal immunity and colostrum supplementation in dairy calves and has also performed research on improving the fatty acid profile of milk through nutrition. Combining the knowledge from her experience with ruminants and her technical training and research, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines provides grazing insights and key...

Duration:00:54:54

How To Prevent Nitrogen and Phosphorous Leaching

8/10/2018
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In this episode, John discusses specific methods for the management of nitrogen and phosphorous for maximum benefit while reducing leaching, runoff, and pollution. Learn how to address nitrogen and phosphorus from both organic and conventional approaches. This episode contains effective, actionable information geared towards responsible and regenerative fertilizer management. This episode is sourced from a previously recorded AEA webinar and contains specific AEA product recommendations --...

Duration:00:50:04

3 Things To Do When Plants Don't Respond to Nutrient Applications

7/31/2018
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Sometimes growers apply fertilizers to crops that don’t respond to the applications like they're expecting. When plant health and vigor is in a decline, and nutrient applications don’t move the needle, how can we reclaim the situation? Through our consulting experience, we have learned that when nutrient applications bring little response and plants are going downhill, applying the right biology will reverse the direction of a declining crop with a speed and effectiveness that is almost...

Duration:00:09:41

The Job of a Farmer is to Feed the Soil with Sarah Singla

7/27/2018
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Sarah Singla is a farmer, agronomist, and educator from Southern France. Her family farm has been in no-till production since 1980. When she took the reigns in 2010 she additionally pursued a wonderfully complex diversified cover-cropping, mixed species, multi-income-stream approach that is highly thought-out, yet fluid. Sarah has visited growers the world over in direct communication about their production systems. Her experience is broad, yet she consistently finds the most successful...

Duration:00:36:28